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National and international organisations published important reports about the possible health effects of electromagnetic fields. Below you will find some links to abstracts of these reports (as well as their complete contents when available).

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Title: Static and Extremely Low-frequency (ELF) Electric and Magnetic Fields (Volume 80, 2002)

List of agents in IARC classification

Public Health England *

Title: Advice on exposure to electromagnetic fields in the everyday environment, including electrical appliances in the home and mobile phones (page published 9 July 2013)

Title: Power Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, Melatonin and the Risk of Breast Cancer. Report of an independant Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation. Documents of the Health Protection Agency. Series B: Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, February 2006.

Title: Definition, Epidemiology and Management of Electrical Sensitivity. Report for the Radiation Protection Division of the Health Protection Agency (HPA-RPD-010) (N. Irvine, 2005)

Title: In Terms of Risk: Report of a Seminar to Help Define Important Terms Used in Communicating about Risk to the Public (4, 2004)

Title: Review of the Scientific Evidence for Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (0–300 GHz) (3, 2004)

(*) From 1 April 2013 Health Protection Agency (HPA) is part of Public Health England.

Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM)

MIRA (2011) Milieurapport Vlaanderen, Achtergronddocument 2011, Niet-ioniserende straling Verschaeve L., Brits E., Bossuyt M., Adang D., Decat G., Martens L., Joseph W., Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij,

Available on-line at : (in Dutch)

Decat, G. Meynen, G., Peeters, E. Van Esch, L. Deckx, L. & Maris, U. (2007). Modellering en GIS-toepassing voor het bepalen van de blootstelling en het epidemiologisch risico van het 50 Hz magnetisch veld gegenereerd door de ondergrondse hoogspanningskabels in Vlaanderen Studie uitgevoerd in opdracht van de Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM) - VITO-rapport 2007/IMS/R/426.

Available on-line at : (in Dutch)

Decat G., Peeters E., Smolders R. en Bossuyt M. (2003) Tijdsreeks en GIS-model om de blootstelling van de bevolking aan het 50 Hz magnetisch veld gegenereerd door bovengrondse hoogspanningslijnen in Vlaanderen in kaart brengen, studie uitgevoerd in opdracht van de Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij, MIRA, MIRA/2003/05, Vito.

Geographic map (GIS-model) related to exposure of the population to 50 Hz magnetic fields from powerlines (PDF file) in Flanders.
Report written by G.Decat, E.Peeters, R.Smolders, M.Bossuyt.

See all MIRA-onderzoeksrapporten (in Dutch)

The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

Title: Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields - Expert Group on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (2007)

The Health Council of the Netherlands

Title: Electromagnetic Fields - Elektromagnetische velden
Reports can be viewed at (type "electromagnetic" in the search area).

California EMF Progam

Title: The Risk Evaluation - An Evaluation of the Possible Risks From Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) From Power Lines, Internal Wiring, Electrical Occupations and Appliances (2002)

Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and
the Environment (CSTEE)

Title: Opinion on Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Radio Frequency Fields (RF) and Microwave Radiation on human health (2001)

National (US) Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Title: NIEHS Report on Health Effects from Exposure to Power-Line Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields - Brochures & Fact Sheets

US National Research Council (NRC)

Title: Possible Health Effects of Exposure to Residential Electric and Magnetic Fields (1996)

US Department of Labor

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Fields : General Health Effects Reviews

The European Commission

 Titel: Scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health risks (SCENIHR) - Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) (2015)

Titel: Scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health risks (SCENIHR) - Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on Human Health (2007)

Title: European Information System on Electromagnetic Fields Exposure and Health Impacts - Country Reports on EMF and Health: Sources, Regulations, and Risk Communication Approaches (2005)

Title: Risk Evaluation of Potential Environmental Hazards From Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure Using Sensitive in vitro Methods (REFLEX report) (2004)

Title: Application of the Precautionary Principle to EMF - Luxembourg (2003).

Title: Opinion on possible health effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz- 300 GHz) - Report and opinion adopted at the meeting of the Scientific Steering Committee of 25-26 June 1998

PhD Thesis from Karolinska Institutet

Title: Hypersensitivity to electricity: Symptoms, risk factors and therapeutic interventions (Hillert L., 2001)

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

Title: Guidelines for Limiting Exposure to Time-Varying Electric and Magnetic Fields (1 Hz - 100 kHz). Health Physics 99(6):818-836; 2010.

Title: Guidelines for limiting exposure to time-varying electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields (up to 300 GHz). Health Physics Society 74(4):494-522; 1998.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Title: EMF training resources - Course on Methodology in Bioelectromagnetics Research (2009) by Professor B. Veyret of the University of Bordeaux, France.

Title: Model legislation (2006).
In response to requests from Member States, the International EMF Project has developed a Model Legislation that provides the legal framework for implementing protection programmes against non-ionizing radiation.

Title: Establishing a Dialogue on Risks from Electromagnetic Fields (2002)

WHO - Fact Sheets

n°296 - Electromagnetic fields and public health - Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (2005)

n°299 - Electromagnetic fields and public health - Static electric and magnetic fields (2006)

n°322 - Electromagnetic fields and public health - Exposure to extremely low frequency fields (2007)

WHO - Monographs

Title: Extremely Low Frequency Fields Environmental Health Criteria Monograph n° 238. The WHO Environmental Health Criteria Programme (2007).

Title: The WHO International EMF Project: Applying precautionary measures to EMF public health policy. The powepoint presentations of the meeting (Canada, 2005)

Title: Static Fields - Environmental Health Criteria Monograph n° 232 (2006). Published under the joint sponsorship of the International Labour Organization, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, and the World Health Organization.

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